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Comment Not (primarily) about round-rects (Score 5, Interesting) 313

... (unlike the patent-a-rectangle nature of the opposition) ...

As previously stated, it's not a patent on round-rects:

I came across this yesterday and found it interesting (comparisons of what Samsung's tablets looked like before and after the iPad came out):

It seems like it's not quite as silly as it's usually been presented. (Don't get me wrong, I do think it's silly.)

-Ster

Comment Re:How about giving Thunderbolt a few months first (Score 1) 327

... Since Thunderbolt is Intel tech, Microsoft will support it as well. ...

They already do. Thunderbolt is nothing more or less than 4-lane PCIe Gen. 2 over a wire instead of a board. Don't believe me? Ask Anand!

(Okay, it's DisplayPort too. But they're muxed/de-muxed at the chip, so the OS doesn't know or care.)

-Ster

Comment Re:Of course not (Score 1) 433

I think the reason that Google isn't releasing Android 3 source is that they don't want it installed on every crappy phone and tablet coming out of China, and giving it a bad name.

This sounds a lot like the argument Apple fanboys use for not allowing other OSes on iShinies.

I never had any trouble from Apple with installing Linux on my G3.

I never had any trouble from Apple with installing Linux, Windows, or FreeBSD on my MacBook Pro.

I'm pretty sure people have installed alternate OSes on iPods and maybe iPhones as well.

So where's Apple stopping people from putting other OSes on Apple devices? They take exception to putting Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware, but that's the opposite of what you're complaining about.

-Ster

Comment Re:The relevant piece of so-called "IP" (Score 4, Interesting) 314

I came across this yesterday and found it interesting (comparisons of what Samsung's tablets looked like before and after the iPad came out):

It seems like it's not quite as silly as it's usually been presented. (Don't get me wrong, I do think it's silly.)

-Ster

News

Michael Hart, Inventor of the E-book, Dead At 64 70

FeatherBoa writes "Michael Hart, the founder and long time driving force behind Project Gutenberg and 1971 inventor of the electronic book has died at his home in Urbana Ill, on Sept. 6th 2011. Project Gutenberg is recognized as one of the earliest and longest-lasting online literary projects, has spawned sister projects in Australia, Canada, Germany and other locations to transcribe public domain literature and make it available via the Internet."

Comment Re:move to GUI was step backwards (Score 1) 567

Now - type something, move right (or left) hand to the mouse - highlight - move mouse to menu - select - press mouse button - find "home" row again and start typing.

While that's certainly one way to do it, I've never seen anyone actually do it that pessimally.

'Cmd-B' to start the bolding (or 'Cmd-I' for italics), type whatever you need, and then 'Cmd-B' again to end the bolding. Hands never leave the keyboard. Or if you need to italicize something that's already there, select the text (keyboard is usually faster if it's just a few words away, mouse is often faster if the target text is far from the text-cursor location), and hit 'Cmd-I' (though if your hand is already on the mouse because you used it to select distant text, then it might be faster to pick from the menu).

Short version: TMTOWTDI; the "right" one might depend on the context.

-Ster

Comment Re:I use a Mac you insensitive clod! (Score 1) 567

At least you have a good reason not to use the feature, since Command (and even Ctrl) are in very impractical places on Apple keyboards.

I'll grant you Ctrl (but the keyboard that came with my old Apple //gs had Ctrl and Caps Lock swapped compared to most keyboards), but what's impractical about Cmd? Just slide your thumb over to either side of the spacebar.

-Ster

Comment Re:Damn, this feels like Firefox. (Score 2) 209

... Honestly the only thing holding me to linux at this point is a lack of desire to have to repartition my disks using bsd slices, ...

Don't let that stop you - FreeBSD at least has supported GPT partitioning for some time, so you don't have to mess around with slices if you don't want to.

-Ster

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